HGV and bus NOx emissions fall by 50%

Government statistics suggest that NOx emissions from the haulage sector have halved between 2013 and 2018 as trucking companies upgraded their fleets to lorries with Euro VI engines.

The government also said that NOx emissions from HGVs are set to have fallen by 80% by the end of 2025. The Road Haulage Association however complains that smaller truck companies will be hit by high metropolitan emissions fines thanks to not upgrading their fleets.

RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said that efforts to improve air quality will fall short until they proportionately target sources of emissions. “The Government is signing off poorly conceived measures which punish hauliers for local authority failures to keep emissions in check,” he said.

“But we’re leading the way – we’ve more than halved our NOx emissions in the last five years and this will only continue as firms upgrade their fleets.”

Burnett pointed out that even before the fall, buses and lorries accounted for just 7.6% of emissions, with passenger cars and combustion in industry accounting for far greater proportions.

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